Mary Filice - Columbia College Chicago

Mary Filice

Associate Professor


Mary Filice is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship. She teaches courses on leadership, strategy, and entrepreneurship within the creative sector; is an advocate of a global trans-disciplinary approach to the arts, media, and business; and investigates how technology and convergence are changing the creation, presentation, consumption, and management of work across these disciplines. Her publications include The Zacek Tapes: Reflections About Theater, Community, and Leadership (2016) and From Mainstage to Movies to Media: Sustaining the Live and Performing Arts Through Artistic Convergence and the Balaban and Katz Philosophy of Continuous Performance (2012). Internationally, she has been a visiting professor at universities in Norway and China and lectures on leadership in the creative industries, arts management experiential pedagogy, and artistic convergence. She is a former senior vice president of a privately held group of financial advisory and investment companies and launched her own consulting business that provides strategic planning, organizational structure, and teamwork building services. An award-winning filmmaker, her work has aired on PBS, cable television, and has screened at festivals around the world. She is a current board member of the Art of Evolution Theater, Evanston, and on the advisory board of Shattered Globe Theatre, Chicago. With a BA in Theater and MA in Film and Video, she also holds a certificate in New Media Management from USC’s Marshall School and completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program.



Instructional Areas

Leadership, strategy, and entrepreneurship in the creative sector

Creative Practice and Research Interests

The impact of technology and convergence on the production, distribution, consumption, and management of creative works; the role of the arts manager in transforming a multicultural environment into an intercultural community; Improvisation and leadership


B.A., Theatre Loyola University of Chicago 1974
M.A., Film and Video Columbia College Chicago 1984
Other, University of Southern California 2010